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Director Allbaugh applauds law enforcement after GPS walkaway arrest

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma Department of Corrections Director Joe M. Allbaugh applauds the work of law enforcement officers from multiple agencies who worked together to bring a GPS walkaway into custody on Tuesday. 

Gordan L. Turnipseed, 28, was considered an ODOC absconder after he let his global positioning system monitor die on March 5. 

ODOC Fugitive Apprehension and Investigations agents had been looking for him since, attempting to locate him through various means, including talking with his associates and family. 

“Our hats are off to OU PD, Oklahoma City police and state troopers for bringing Gordan Turnipseed into custody,” Allbaugh said. “Fortunately, no one was hurt, and that’s testament to the skill of our brothers and sisters in law enforcement who do their jobs every day.” 

Turnipseed was serving a 6-year sentence for convictions for being a felon in possession of a firearm and drug possession with intent to distribute.

He is currently at Oklahoma County jail on a hold for ODOC, as well as for prosecution on an escape charge, and any other charges pending from this morning’s incident.

When he returns to ODOC, he will be housed in higher security.

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